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Fragment of dish: C.2399-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome with the Sacred Trigram, ihs, in Gothic lettering surrounded by panels containing alternately a floral spray and a geometrical motif

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the front and painted in dark blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple; the reverse, has unevenly applied lead-glaze appearing mottled pale brown. Part of a circular dish with a wide rim and shallow well, standing on a footring pierced by a suspension hole; three spur marks in the middle of the front; three turned bands close to edge on the reverse. the dish is decorated in the middle with a circular medallion formed by yellow, orange, dark blue and manganese-purple concentric circles, enclosing the Sacred Trigram 'yhs' in blue Gothic characters. The rim is divided into compartments by dark blue radial lines edged by a narrow and a wide dark blue band round the outer edge. These are filled alternately by a spray of green foliage with a dark blue flower and a geometrical motif comprising a blue St Andrew cross with curved of blue and manganese-purple lines between the arms.


History note: Probably found in London; James Smith of Whitechapel, London, (d. 1901); J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 4 cm
Width: 24.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


16th Century, second half#
1550 - 1600

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese-purple from metallic oxides)
Back composed of lead-glaze
Front composed of tin-glaze
Footring Diameter 11.3 cm
Suspension Hole

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in Gothic characters

  • Text: y h s
  • Location: In middle
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2399-1928
Primary reference Number: 73441
Old object number: R. 1060
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 September 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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